To the right of the video
window in Figure 3, there’s
a column for various comments. You can see where
those comments are typed
along the timeline on the
bottom. Where I comment,
In the upper-left corner of the video window, I can
change the status of the video: Approved, In Progress,
or Needs Review (Figure 4). I didn’t use the Needs
Review as much as I could have because my editor,
Ted, received all of my comments, so he knows that
anything that’s not approved needs review. I instructed my client to use In Progress to let us know which
videos were being looked at. Needs Review means
it’s done being looked at and we can go make edits.
Approved indicates that a video is all done.
At the very top of the window is a drop-down menu
that’ll show you all the different videos on the project (Figure 5). You can easily go from one video to the
next without having to keep cycling back through the
main project window. The downside is that it always
starts at your first clip, whatever that is. If you have
lots of clips like we do, you have to keep going to the
next page to the right, perhaps several times. I wish
it would drop down centered on the clip I’m looking
at, so the next clip was always one click away.
Marking up an image is also very easy. In this video,
I saw a little glitch that you can see my finger pointing
to in Figure 6. I was able to draw on and point to the
artifact in question because there are markup tools in
the comments area under the video window. I can just
type what I want about the image, and then to write, I
click on the little drawing tool. I am able to draw with
a paint brush, draw a line, make an arrow, or circle
something with a box—and I can do it in red, orange,
teal, greenish teal, and a bluish color. And these are
all tagged to this comment at this time.
So when I comment, “Is this effect residue in the
movie, or is it a preview?” the editor can see exactly
what I’m talking about. Then the editor says, “It’s only
in the preview.” That way, I am not concerned about
that little artifact because my editor looked at the original file and was able to tell me,
“Don’t worry about that; it’s just
something in the upload or in this
preview version that I’m looking at
on my screen. It doesn’t really exist in the actual file.” This two-way
conversation about this little artifact on the screen is easy because
we both see the same thing.
Another good feature in Frame.io
is that the client can click on the
three dots in the lower-right corner of a video thumbnail to bring
up the Item Options pull-down
(Figure 7). Here, a client can share
a video internally (inside of the office) or download the clips when
they are ready to go. A client can
publish them to Vimeo or Dropbox, and then delete them. This
app also gives you the ability to upload multiple versions of the same
video to look at them side by side
if you have a question with regard
to grading or timing.
In the main video window shown
in Figure 2, you can see all the clips
in your project. The underscore and
This drop-down menu provides easy access to all videos in the project.
Using Frame.io’s markup tools
Change the status of a video here.
The Item Options pull-down menu